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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 1, 2012 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Hard to Handle Jams

Wow, fantastic write-up! I can't wait to start digging in to some of these.

One thing that I like about 4/28 is the way they transition in and out of different phases of the song -- especially the part where Garcia's jam changes from the single chord (B minor blues) to the four-chord riff (B - A - D - F#) that begins the wind-up of the song. He just feels it so perfectly and the entire band just flows right into it. I agree that the final peak is a little messy, but I love how Jerry never gives in and drives and bends that B note right into your skull.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 1, 2012 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Hard to Handle Jams

It's interesting to hear how they go into the four-chord riff in different versions. Sometimes they all slip into it naturally, other times Phil just starts pounding it in.
I should go farther back in Hard to Handles to see when they started doing it.

I think of it as the "St Stephen riff," since Jerry frequently quotes Stephen over it (like on 4/26, and a couple later ones).